The Manmohan Singh-led Coalition government at the Centre from 2009 to 2014 has been clinically analysed by focusing attention on its domestic and foreign policies. The yardstick of performance and non-performance of a Government-in-power has been applied here and such a stock taking is undertaken in this study.
The UPA-II can claim some achievements, however, generally its policies and programmes failed to carry conviction with the ruling classes and also the absolute majority of voters who censored it in the 16th Lok Sabha elections. The voters rejected the Congress because its government policies failed to come up to common man's expectations. The beneficiary of the failure of UPA-II has been the Modi-led BJP in 2014.
This book has devoted sufficient attention to the issues of corruption in public life, governance, coalition politics, and the 16th Lok Sabha elections which occupied the centre-stage of politics during this period. Scholars, researchers, students and readers having interest in Indian politics and governance may find the book useful.